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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 09 E 04 Werewolf

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I don't know, you had him last!

Film watched: Werewolf. Since the episode aired in 1998 and the film was released in 1996, it represents the newest film the show had ever riffed in its original run. For a good couple decades it was either beaten or not by Future War depending on whether you count production period or release date, but the debate was rendered academic with the inclusion of 2013's Atlantic Rim in the revival series.


The Segments:

  • The Bots are tormented by Mike, who believes he's James Lipton and Crow's Ray Liotta.

Segment 1

  • Mike gets conked on the noggin, sending him back to normal. He enacts his escape plan, but end up at Castle Forrester during breakfast time.

Segment 2

  • Inspired by Joe Estevez in the film, Mike and the Bots showcase the lesser known siblings of famous people.

Segment 3

  • Mike and the Bots sing the classic doo-wop ditty "Where, Oh Werewolf", about a werewolf boyfriend.

Segment 4

  • Mike turns into a Were-Crow, after falling on Crow in the theater. The two Crows are delighted with each other while Servo is disgusted.

Segment 5

  • Servo got the essence of Mike to turn him back to normal, but spilled some and slightly turned to a Were-Mike. Down in Castle Forrester, Pearl begins experimenting with werewolves, starting with a peasant and a big adorable dog.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation has examples of:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Crow hates Servo's pun on the movie title and threatens to rat him out to Mike for it. Then Mike shows up, and Crow immediately follows through on that threat. But Mike finds the joke pretty funny, at which point Crow immediately backtracks and agrees.
    Crow: Good one, Servo.
  • Ambiguously Bi:
    Crow: So, err, Mike, you didn't actually go out with a guy called Steve who died, did you?
    Mike: Well, it's funny, there is this story... WE'VE GOT MOVIE SIGN!
  • And His Eyes Open: "Aaand she's a werewolf."
  • Berserk Button: Yuri seems to have several, for no apparent reason.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: After Sam is almost killed:
    Sam: I'm the good guy!
    Crow: Right, folks?
  • Brick Joke: In the opening segment Mike-as-James-Lipton says he's been told Ray Liotta smells like apples. Later, during the "cast a famous person's little-known brother in your werewolf movie" game, Crow can't think of one and names Ray Liotta. Crow defends his pick, but Tom admonishes him because Liotta smells like apples.
  • Butt-Monkey: Let's just say this episode was the beginning of the constant jokes on Joe Estevez.
  • Call-Back: In the opening segment, Mike-as-James Lipton mentions that Whoopi Goldberg told him that Ray Liotta smelled like apples. Later, when Crow suggests casting Liotta in a werewolf movie, Mike and Tom shoot the idea down because Liotta smells like apples.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: In-universe, Mike and the bots all guessed the ending that both Paul and Natalie have become werewolves. Subverted in that Servo declares they didn't really change - they just joined the cast of Cats.
  • Corpsing: A notable example—Servo utterly loses it when Crow does the "Kirk Douglas' house" riff.
  • Credits Gag: Mike and the 'bots sing along to the movie's end credits, substituting lyrics from other songs—complete with harmonizing:
    Mike: Pow Wow the Indian boy
    Loved all the animals in the west
    Servo: Well they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles
    And they ran through the places where a rabbit wouldn't go note 
    Crow: Gypsies, tramps and thieves
    We heard it from the people of the town.
    Lady-o-da lady-o-da lay-hee-hoo!
    Servo: Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus
    Right down Santa Claus lane.
    All: TUSK!
    Crow: Giveitaway, giveitaway, giveitaway now!
    Giveitaway, giveitaway, giveitaway now!
    Mike: I've got a brand new pair of roller skates
    You've got a brand new key note 
    All: TUSK!
    Servo: Admiral Halsey notified me
    He had to have a bath or he couldn't get to sleep note 
    Crow: And the cats in the cradle and the silver spoon
    Little Boy Blue and the Man in the Moon
    Mike: In your Easter bonnet
    With all the frills upon it note 
    Servo: One Night in Bangkok makes a strong man crumble!
    Crow: Chicks and ducks and geese better scurry
    When I take you out in the surrey
    Mike: We were merely Freshmen note 
    All: Oh Suzanna, oh don't you cry for me
    'Cause I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee
  • Crying Indian: One of the riffs is based on this.
    Crow: (As a distressed Native American) There's just so much litter on the highway.
  • Dull Surprise: Natalie, when she's told about the werewolf legend.
    Natalie Dis is absulootely fashcinatung.
  • Establishing Shot: One for the hospital lingers a little too long.
    Servo: Man, they're establishing the hell out of this building, here!
  • Fake American: invoked Which accounts for several other tropes listed here.
    Yuri: It's the American way.
    Servo: Even though we haven't see an American in this movie yet.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: After the security guard wakes up after Yuri drugged him, he mentions that his underwear is now on backwards.
  • Girl Group: Mike and the bots play as one in one of the skits.
  • Grammar Nazi:
    Noel: In due time, you'll know everything.
    Natalie: Well, maybe then it's too late!
    Mike: Wow. The future conditional pluperfect subjunctive.
  • Historical Character's Fictional Relative: Mike and Tom Servo's choices for who to cast in their werewolf movies are all lesser-known siblings of famous celebrities, such as Burt Reynolds' brother Tim, Don Knotts' brother Spike... and Chip Hitler.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Why Servo is unfamiliar with James Lipton.
    "Hell, I don't watch cable."
  • Identity Amnesia: In the first host sequence, Mike trips over Tom's yam collection and hits his head, causing him to think he's James Lipton.
  • I Resemble That Remark!:
    Yuri: You calling me a psychopath?!?
    Crow: (as Yuri) I'll kill your whole family if you say that again!
    • And later:
    Mike: (as Yuri) I can't believe people call me a psycho— I'm gonna take those people's heads and carve 'em into ashtrays!
  • It's Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Many riffs courtesy of the Fake American cast.
    Servo: (as Natalie) Paul! You is a warwilf!!
  • Lame Pun Reaction: When Servo sees the title "Werewolf" and reacts, "I don't know! You had him last!", Crow is disgusted by the lameness of the pun and states Mike will punish him for its pure lameness. Fortunately for Servo, Mike sort of likes it.
    • Later, Mike makes a joke about the movie The Fan over a shot of Paul's ceiling fan, causing Crow to shout "Oh come on!"
  • Monster Misogyny: Commented on as Werewolf!Paul attacks Carrie:
    Servo: Oh good, cause it's been a few minutes since a woman was brutalized.
  • Multiboobage: Crow guesses that Werewolf!Natalie would have three pairs of breasts.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Easily subverted.
    Crow: Freddy Krueger...Hellraisernote ...Paul!
  • Noodle Incident: This brief exchange following the "Where, Oh, Werewolf" song:
    Crow: Say, Mike, you didn't really go out with a guy named Steve who died, did you?
    Mike: Well, you know, there is story-
    • To say nothing of how Servo obtained some of Mike's essence.
  • Notable Original Music: "Where, Oh, Werewolf" and the "Credits Song".
  • No Fourth Wall: In the movie, Yuri has a couple moments where he looks directly at the camera.
    Crow (as Yuri): What do you think, folks? Should I follow him?
  • Opinion Flip Flop: When Tom Servo makes a pun on the movie's title, Crow hates it, and tattles on Servo for making the joke at the first available opportunity. But Mike thinks the pun was Actually Pretty Funny, so Crow immediately agrees with him that the joke was really good.
  • The Other Darrin: invoked Lampshaded, as Crow (who changed voice actors when the show jumped to Sci-Fi) claims that one symptom of being a Were-Crow is that "Your voice will inexplicably change every seven years".
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: When Mike trips over Crow and gets scratched, he turns into a Were-Crow.
    • Then Servo spills some of Mike's essence on himself and becomes a Were-Mike.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Humphrey the "wolf" (actually Kevin Murphy's pet dog).
  • Running Gag: Carrie's pantslessness.
    • Yuri's constantly changing hairstyle.
    • Natalie's pidgin English. ("Pole! You iss a warwilf!")
    • Lots and lots of dog jokes.
  • Shout-Out: Mike refers to one of Yuri's (many) hairstyles as "Bryan Ferry hair".
  • Sophisticated as Hell: "The cheeseball's got no freakin' class!"
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Lampshaded by Crow when the movie introduces Sam, the creepy groundskeeper:
    Crow: Does this really warrant the tender music?
  • Squick: Servo's reaction to the word "essence". Not to mention how he got some of Mike's.
    Servo: I'd rather not say.
  • Stock Footage: "Same gas station."
  • The Stool Pigeon: Crow is one in the first theater segment:
    Servo: "Werewolf"? I dunno, you had him last! (chuckles)
    Crow: You can't say that. You're gonna get in trouble. That's a really stupid joke and I'm gonna tell Mike.
    Servo: I don't care, what's Mike gonna do anyway?
    Mike: (walks in and sits down) Hey guys.
    Crow: Mike, the title came on and it said "Werewolf", and then Servo said "Werewolf"? I dunno, you had him last." And I think that was a really stupid joke.
  • Take That!: After repeated jokes about Natalie:
    Servo: Still, she's more emotive than Gillian Anderson.
  • Teenage Death Songs: "Where O Werewolf" is one.
  • Token Black Friend: Lampshaded
    Mike: Elgin's my black friend!
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating:
    "Y'know, he'd get a lot more done if he didn't revel after each small victory."
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: "Hey, Paul, you're really turnin' into a Werewolf over there. Anyway, three-ball in the corner pocket!"
    • Not long after, Paul bursts out of the bar, attacks a few people, and two little old ladies walk right past the bodies to enter the bar:
    Tom Servo: "Oh look, it's two-for-one Brain Hammers tonight, Martha!"
    • Outside of the movie segments, Mike tries to escape, but his ladder ends at Castle Forrester. Despite this being an almost successful escape attempt, Pearl, Brain Guy, and Bobo barely react to Mike's presence; Brain Guy merely materializes a cannon pointed at Mike, who bolts back to the SOL.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: In the film. Lampshaded when Yuri defends his greed by proclaiming "It's the American way!" which prompts the riffers to snidely wonder whether any actual Americans even appeared in the film.
    Mike: They're the Uzbekistani Tracy and Hepburn!


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